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8 “Set the 1trumpet to your mouth!
He shall come alike an eagle against the house of the Lord,
Because they have transgressed My covenant
And rebelled against My law.
2 bIsrael will cry to Me,
‘My God, cwe know You!’
The enemy will pursue him.
4 “They dset up kings, but not by Me;
They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them.
From their silver and gold
They made idols for themselves—
That they might be cut off.
My anger is aroused against them—
eHow long until they attain to innocence?
A fworkman made it, and it is not God;
But the calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.
7 “They gsow the wind,
And reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no bud;
It shall never produce meal.
If it should produce,
hAliens would swallow it up.
8 iIsrael is swallowed up;
Now they are among the Gentiles
jLike a vessel in which is no pleasure.
Like ka wild donkey alone by itself;
Ephraim lhas hired lovers.
Now mI will gather them;
And they shall 4sorrow a little,
They have become for him altars for sinning.
12 I have written for him othe great things of My law,
But they were considered a strange thing.
13 For the sacrifices of My offerings pthey sacrifice flesh and eat it,
qBut the Lord does not accept them.
rNow He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.
They shall return to Egypt.
And has built 6temples;
Judah also has multiplied ufortified cities;
But vI will send fire upon his cities,
And it shall devour his 7palaces.”
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